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Today’s Deep Space Extra

19 Oct 2021, 14:44 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The U.S. Senate released the appropriations bill that funds NASA over the 2022 fiscal year. NASA announced on Monday its selection of the Cosmic Spectrometer and Imager (COSI) for development.

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Senate Appropriators increase NASA’s budget a tad, but not enough for a second HLSSpacepolicyonline.com (10/19): The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee released the FY2022 legislation funding NASA. While the bill provides the agency with $24.837 billion, compared to the Biden Administration’s request of $24.801 billion, it lacks the spending to fund the development of two commercial Human Landing Systems (HLS) for the Artemis III mission. NASA predicted it needed $4.388 billion for the HLS in 2022 for a 2024 human lunar return. The Biden Administration’s 2022 budget proposal, however, sought $1.195 billion for HLS in 2022. The Senate bill would provide $1.295 billion. NASA Administrator Bill Nelson has urged Congress to include $5.4 billion for the HLS as part of the infrastructure bill now being debated by lawmakers. Meanwhile, NASA is requesting that funding for the Orion spacecraft program be split between development, and production and operations. The Senate bill approves NASA’s request to shift about half of the Orion spacecraft ...

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